Originally created 07/10/98

Agents looking for plants for summer heat study



Local extension service agents are looking for a few dead plants.

Clyde Lester and Sid Mullis, agents for the Augusta-Richmond County Extension Service, are asking area readers to tell them which plants and trees have not fared well during the heat and water crisis this summer, as well as those that have survived.

The University of Georgia agents are looking for information about plants in four categories: trees, woody ornamentals, annuals and perennials."We want to know what passed and what failed," Mr. Lester said.

The hot, dry weather is truly testing the environment, he said. Learning from the community allows the extension service to recommend low-maintenance landscaping tips in the future.

Mr. Lester also asks local gardeners for any surprising success -- or disaster -- stories of plants during the crisis.Please send letters to: Mr. Lester or Mr. Mullis, c/o University of Georgia Extension Service, Augusta-Richmond County office, 602 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30901.